Haha is proud to boast an exceptional team of award-winning hairdressing and barbering educators. Core to our approach of delivering an excellent educational experience is ensuring we recruit educators with both real world experience of the sector and excellent rapport with students.
Below we introduce you to our excellent team.
Steve Churcher – Director
Steve holds his Professional Teacher status including Assessors and Internal Verifier qualification specialising in Numeracy (Level 5 – Solent University), English and Information Technology. Steve has always worked with young people and involved with Education, including 4 years as a Lecturer at a local College. Co-founder of a training company Back-2-Basics Training Limited (B2B) organising in- class support staff, teaching staff training, functional skills within the Heating and Engineering Industry across the country and a College in South London, which is where he met with Gill Cowan. HAHA Training was launched in 2012 and a self-funded project. The vision being to offer quality training with a ‘Centre of Excellence’ to which we have won many awards. Steve celebrates witnessing his staff and students grow and develop into professionals whom are a credit to this amazing industry. Steve says “We pride ourselves on knowing the destiny of ALL learners”
Gillian Cowan – Director
Gill has been in the industry for over 40 years and covered every aspect of hairdressing and teaching, including stage work, prosthetics and wig making. Gill has worked on London Fashion Week doing hair and make up and developed and wrote the National Diploma and HND for Hairdressing and Media Make-up, working in theatres, TV and worked at Demontford University Fashion Week. Gill has been in education since 1986 holding a Degree in Education, and is an external and internal verifier and has consulted on development projects within hair and beauty and has covered a varied range of hairdressing teaching, including Head of Departments. Gill started HAHA with Steve in 2012 with a vision of working with employers to develop professional hairdressing skills and inspire young people that hairdressing is more than just working in a salon environment. Gill finds great satisfaction in watching students grow, achieve and be inspired.
Andrea Rafter – Hairdressing Educator
Andrea has been in the industry for 15 years starting her career in Nirvana Salons. Andrea went on to work for herself and gained her Teaching Qualifications in 2013 and starting with HAHA at the same time. Andrea has always run a busy column alongside her teaching as she believes you cannot teach something in which you are not still practising yourself. Andrea is passionate about training the future of hairdressers and believes apprenticeship training in Hairdressing is the only way to train in Hairdressing. Andrea is passionate about bringing out the creative/fun side in apprentices so they can express their creative flair and also teaching to a level of standard that she would expect if she was an employer.
Laura Potter – Hairdressing Educator
Laura is currently on Maternity Leave but will be returning to the teaching in May 2020.
Keri Faulkner – Hairdressing Educator
Keri started as a Saturday assistant, moving onto an apprenticeship, senior stylist to salon management, freelancing then into teaching. Keri’s job is to grow & facilitate learners within HAHA academies across Hampshire. To liaise with employers to ensure individual and bespoke training. Delivering national awarding body qualifications and internal verification. Passionate about all things hair! Passionate about a higher standard of qualification for our industry and its future talent!
Kate O’Mara - Hairdressing Educator
Kate started her career at Garbos where she stayed for eight years working her way up and gaining her assessors qualification. Kate then took some time out to go travelling and start a family. Upon returning Kate was seeking a new challenge and wanted to expand on her Hairdressing skills and to pursue a career within Education. Kate joined HAHA in 2014 as an assessor and worked hard to gain her Certificate in Teaching. Kate is really passionate about delivery of training, producing passionate hairdressers and ensuring they are well rounded professionals. Kate is in the salon Friday’s and Saturdays, she enjoys keeping up with current trends and techniques and specialises in cutting and re-styles, this is something she particularly enjoys.
Sheila Dolman - Course Educator for Schools/Placement Officer
Sheila has been in the industry for many years, starting her teaching career at South Downs College. Sheila joined HAHA when it was first established and has experience in all aspects of the apprenticeship programme but is currently the course educator for GCSE Hairdressing. Sheila’s specialist area is schools and her current pass rate for students studying GCSE is 94%. Sheila is passionate about her students enjoying the course content and having fun as well as changing their attitude to learning and making a difference to their school life. Sheila is also involved in interviewing new students and placing them in salons.
Camilla Higgins - Hairdressing Educator
Camilla started her career at Regis, working her way from apprentice to manager. Camilla started with HAHA in January 2019 and has since joined the salon team and gained her Certificate in Education. Camilla is passionate about passing on her knowledge and skills to the future generation of hairdressers. Camilla is our specialist in Bridal Hair and enjoys colour correction work. Camilla is in the salon Friday’s and Saturday’s.
Dom Valente – Barbering Educator
Dom has been in the industry for 30 years and worked all over the country, Dom owns his own Barbering shop in Fareham alongside educating. Dom is passionate about the future of the barbering industry and helping uncover and tutor the next generation of barbers.